ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — Seven Abu Sayyaf bandits surrendered in Sulu and Tawi-Tawi in the past two days, the military said.
Udat Mohammad Salan, 24, and Mustafa Salihin Ahajabi, 19, surrendered yesterday and turned over their rifles to Brig. Gen. Divino Rey Pabayo, 101st Brigade commander.
Kadra and Alnajar, both surnamed Sawadjaan, and Sherul Sahiyul turned over an M16 rifle, a grenade launcher and a caliber .45 pistol to the Philippine Marine Ready Force-Sulu in Barangay Bunot, Indanan, Sulu on Sunday, Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana of the Joint Task Force Sulu said.
Jun Hassan and Titing Alihassan, who were on the arrest order of the Department of National Defense, surrendered to personnel of the Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi and turned over a Garand and M16 rifles and ammunition.
Alihassan was tagged in kidnappings in the high seas and the hijacking of Vietnamese vessel MV Giang Hai on Feb. 17, 2017. He is also the most wanted person on the watchlist of the Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi.
Hassan is reportedly the brother of a certain Butchoy, an Abu Sayyaf sub-leader neutralized in a military operation in Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi in March 2017.
“Butchoy is one of the financiers of the kidnapping of Taiwanese Evelyn Chang at Pompom island resort in Sabah in November 2013,” Brig. Gen. Custodio Parcon Jr., task force commander, said.
The military said 164 Abu Sayyaf bandits have surrendered in the areas within the jurisdiction of the Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) since last year.
Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr., Westmincom chief, said 72 of the surrenderees came from Basilan, 57 from Sulu, 33 from Tawi-Tawi and two from this city.